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by eridolfi
Fri Sep 11, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Take-Home Final (due Saturday, Sept. 12 by 7 a.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 15535

Re: Take-Home Final (due Saturday, Sept. 12 by 7 a.m.)

Elizabeth Ridolfi Gisele Diane Lauren #4 Millstein is convincing, but not totally correct in GMOs being biologically new. Selection and hybridization occur in nature with various degrees of frequency. Especially in the case of hybridization, even if a viable offspring is produced, this individual’s ...
by eridolfi
Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:25 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 18262

Re: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)

While this is a new, interesting and possibly very beneficial field of study, it also seems like more fodder for genetic determinism. Like the pianist example I gave the other day, I would like to think that my ability to dance was more influenced by interest and hard work, not because my Nonni danc...
by eridolfi
Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:57 am
Forum: Take-Home Final Preparation etc.
Topic: Seeking partners for Final
Replies: 11
Views: 3749

Re: Seeking partners for Final

Ok I'll be adopted by any group who wants me. Email address is elizabethridolfi1@gmail.com
by eridolfi
Tue Sep 08, 2015 7:55 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)
Replies: 56
Views: 18262

Re: Sept. 8 and 9: Grandma's Experiences Leave a Mark on Your Genes (required)

I am still very new to epigenetics and know next to nothing about it. I do find it very interesting that potential treatments of diseases could be discovered by examining this information.
by eridolfi
Sun Sep 06, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Fourth prompt (due Sunday, Sept. 6 by 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 21
Views: 6248

Re: Fourth prompt (due Sunday, Sept. 6 by 11:59 p.m.)

The precautionary principle is that actions or objects are not safe or true until proven so without a doubt. The issue with this according to Millstein is that it comes with some assumptions that do not provide proper logic. The first assumption is that science is value free. We know that this is no...
by eridolfi
Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: Seeking partners for Final
Replies: 0
Views: 1280

Seeking partners for Final

Hey y'all its Elizabeth. I would really like to buddy up with people to do the final if possible. Any takers?

Thanks! :D :mrgreen:
by eridolfi
Thu Sep 03, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: Take-Home Final Preparation etc.
Topic: Seeking partners for Final
Replies: 11
Views: 3749

Seeking partners for Final

Hey y'all its Elizabeth. I would really like to buddy up with people to do the final if possible. Any takers?

Thanks! :D :mrgreen:
by eridolfi
Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 14573

Re: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)

I find it kind of frightening how much influence labels have over what we buy. Does anyone else find this creepy?
by eridolfi
Tue Sep 01, 2015 9:27 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)
Replies: 48
Views: 14573

Re: Sept. 1 and 2: GMOs? Not so fast (required)

I am not pro or anti GMO in the sense brought up in this article. It's technology and technology can be used for good and bad things. But unfortunately the reason why this argument became so polarized is that the loudest voices we seem to hear are the most polarized ones. Many of the anti-GMO people...
by eridolfi
Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)
Replies: 35
Views: 10904

Re: Aug. 31: No reading, open thread (required)

You can even experience culture differences in the united states. The town I was born in was relatively homogenized because it was small. There wasn't much ethnic diversity at all. Now that I am in Davis, I am much happier because of the diversity and it is much easier to be myself because I don't h...
by eridolfi
Mon Aug 31, 2015 9:36 am
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)
Replies: 24
Views: 6871

Re: Third prompt (due Monday, Aug. 31 by noon)

Sober describes this confusion in that exists with describing cultural evolution by first implying that culture evolves in the same way as biological evolution and if it doesn’t, it is social science. He doesn’t explicitly follow this, but uses this argument for some basic simplifying purposes. Ther...
by eridolfi
Wed Aug 26, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 11451

Re: Aug. 26: Models of Cultural Evolution (required)

I have issues with describing biological evolution and cultural evolution using the same words because of self interest. Though altruism exists in other species, it diminishes individual fitness to an extent. Correct me if I am wrong but it seems like evolution is individual centric for the most par...
by eridolfi
Tue Aug 25, 2015 8:13 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 15639

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

I also had issues with the cake example. Also, I struggle with the idea of discrete units of culture because it seems plausible for objects to be that eg. paintings, books and the like. I think on of the issues is trying to describe culture and genes using a similar mode of transmission.
by eridolfi
Mon Aug 24, 2015 10:00 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution (required)
Replies: 51
Views: 15639

Re: Aug. 24 and 25: Cultural Evolution

Finally! Somebody has mentioned the roles of both nature and nurture with human evolution. It seems that I have read much literature that only focuses on one or the other but not how they work together. Earlier in the weekend, I watched a documentary on human evolution and it mentioned that it is es...
by eridolfi
Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:15 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: Second prompt (due Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 22
Views: 6093

Re: Second prompt (due Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m.)

The Grismer article can be roughly summarized in three basic points: “how” and “why” explanations can cause a misunderstanding of a process, that there is a distinction between genetic material and the body and that the lack of understanding can misinform society and deemphasize population genetics....
by eridolfi
Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:44 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 15378

Re: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)

I really like his arguments in section three concerning why non-scientists (or rather society as a whole) need to have a voice in the issues genetics plays in social contexts, and also where he says the perceived role of genes does not imply geneticists have the ultimate authority over social impli...
by eridolfi
Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:16 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)
Replies: 50
Views: 15378

Re: Aug. 18 & 19: Tools for Talking (required)

If the author was trying to convince me of anything or convey information, it didn't accomplish its task. I was more confused after reading the article than I was before. The how vs why part of the article was the only part I even began to understand.
by eridolfi
Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)
Replies: 28
Views: 10159

Re: Aug. 17: CRISPR podcast and reading (required)

My observation with the pod cast this that frankly the commentators did not take it seriously in many places. No, I do not expect bone dry statements of facts and jokes are perfectly acceptable but it seems to me that this went a tad too far. When one person raised ethical concerns, they kind of mad...
by eridolfi
Fri Aug 14, 2015 5:38 pm
Forum: Post-class Posts & Final
Topic: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)
Replies: 30
Views: 7820

Re: First prompt (due Aug. 16 at 11:59 p.m.)

For my writing project, I have decided to write a series of six word stories related to the ethical issues related to mental illness. The premise of a six word story is to create the most impact in the fewest amount of words. For example: for sale, baby shoes, never worn. Sounds creepy, doesn’t it. ...
by eridolfi
Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:31 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 12: Nobel Laureate: big data and full-genome analysis not all they’re cracked up to be (required)
Replies: 30
Views: 9771

Re: Aug. 12: Nobel Laureate: big data and full-genome analysis not all they’re cracked up to be (required)

I think he gave a very holistic view of science and the issues surrounding it. I especially enjoyed that he mentioned that gene editing doesn't automatically equal genetic engineering of humans and the role of industry in science. I could see how pharmaceutical companies would see personalized medic...
by eridolfi
Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)
Replies: 22
Views: 7968

Re: Aug. 11: Normality and Variation (required)

[quote="anjames"]I watched a couple videos on insanity before I read this article, which led to me considering what might happen if mental disorders are determined to be "caused" by suites of genes. Ignoring the treatments that could be developed as a result, I'd like to consider...
by eridolfi
Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:38 am
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research (required)
Replies: 32
Views: 10437

Re: Aug. 10: A Turning Point in Cancer Research

This also seems like a half step in cancer detection to me because it could give genetic data but that's it. It doesn't take environmental risk factors into account. Also, this doesn't seem feasible. If it was really this simple, it could have been done by now.
by eridolfi
Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous and Testing
Topic: Helpful Stuff to Learn Bio
Replies: 1
Views: 2032

Helpful Stuff to Learn Bio

He y'all,

If you get confused by the biology and want to know more, Khan Academy videos are great.
by eridolfi
Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Suggestions and Feedback
Topic: Helpful Stuff to Learn Bio
Replies: 1
Views: 1468

Helpful Stuff to Learn Bio

He y'all,

If you get confused by the biology and want to know more, Khan Academy videos are great.
by eridolfi
Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:51 pm
Forum: Readings
Topic: Aug. 4: Human Genome Project (required)
Replies: 25
Views: 8490

Re: Aug. 4: Human Genome Project

I still am struggling in regards to the proper definition to the word "gene" and whether there is one definition or many definitions. What happens when technical words become part of the everyway lexicon and their definition changes. What issues arise from this?

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